By Soy Sophea
Cambodia has donated a total of US $160,000 [US $50,000 from King’s Father Norodom Sihanouk, US $100,000 from the Cambodian government and US $10,000 from the Cambodian Red Cross] to help China meet challenges following on from last week’s earthquake.
The May 12 disaster occurred in Wenchuan County and authorities fear that upwards of 50 000 people may have been killed. Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jinfeng expressed deep gratitude to the Royal Family and the Royal Government of Cambodia for donating relief to the Chinese Government.
Speaking outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Jinfeng told reporters that on behalf of Chinese government, she thanked the Cambodian government and people.
“I have received letters from retired King Norodom Sihanouk, Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodian Red Cross, confirming the donation of money,” she said. “I have received individual letters from King Norodom Sihamoni and the king's father Norodom Sihanouk. They are addressed to Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao and express their sympathy for the victims and their families.
The letters also describe the Royal Family’s support for the Chinese government’s indefatigable efforts to locate survivors under the rubble.”